Representative-elect Lauren Boebert, a 33-year-old owner of a gun-themed in Rifle, Colorado, has asked Capitol Police about carrying her weapon while on Capitol grounds.
Boebert was elected from a very conservative district in western Colorado, after defeating a five-term Republican representative, Scott Tipton in the primary.
When asked about the request, a spokesperson for Boebert declined an interview, saying her conversations with Capitol Police a private matter.
"This was a private discussion and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result the Congresswoman-Elect won't be going on the record," the aide said.
Boebert, the Glock-toting operator of Shooters Grill, would certainly not be the only member of Congress to keep and bear arms while in D.C. Since 1967, regulations have stipulated that no federal or district law may prohibit members of Congress from having weapons in their offices or from transporting them securely around Capitol grounds.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) pointed to the 2017 shooting at a lawmaker baseball event that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four others as reason for why carrying a gun is important.
"As soon as you leave the Capitol property, you are a target," Massie said.
Capitol Police do not require lawmakers to notify them when they choose to carry, and while regulations require Congressmen and Congresswomen to store their weapons safely, "that responsibility resides with the Member."
Boebert and her fellow freshmen lawmakers will be sworn into office in January.